Li­ons help ‘mis­sion to see’

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY RICHARD MA­HONEY News Staff

The Alexan­dria and Dis­trict Li­ons Club is help­ing a 39-year-old Alexan­dria man pur­sue his “mis­sion to see.”

Josh MacDon­ald, who has lived with im­paired vi­sion all his life, needs about $13,000 to ac­quire elec­tronic glasses which he hopes will im­prove his sight.

Af­ter read­ing about Mr. MacDon­ald’s sit­u­a­tion in The News, Li­ons Club Pres­i­dent Michel Depratto of­fered to or­ga­nize a fundrais­ing drive.

“The club can­not af­ford to do­nate the en­tire amount, but we can help. If a lot of peo­ple give small dona­tions, I am sure that to­gether we can get enough money to help him,” says Mr. Depratto.

Be­cause the Li­ons Club is a reg­is­tered char­ity, donors who con­trib­ute to the drive can re­ceive re­ceipts for in­come tax pur­poses.

Mem­bers will be ap­proach­ing busi­nesses, other or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Mr. Depratto at 613-525-4329 or club sec­re­tary Gae­tan Ravary at 613-551-8314.

Mr. MacDon­ald is cur­rently test­ing a pair of eSight elec­tronic glasses, a de­vice which im­proved his vis­ual acu­ity when he first tried it out in June. So far, no gov­ern­ment agency has been will­ing to help de­fray the cost of ac­quir­ing the spe­cial glasses.

Be­cause of his vis­ual im­pair­ment, Mr. MacDon­ald, who also has epilepsy, re­ceives help un­der the On­tario Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Pro­gram (ODSP) but no aid is avail­able un­der that or any other gov­ern­ment pro­gram.

In the mean­time, Mr. MacDon­ald’s vi­sion con­tin­ues to de­te­ri­o­rate.

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